Local Married Couple Give Insight Into Volunteering at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home
Volunteering is both admirable and rewarding, and at care homes such as Gracewell of Bookham, the volunteers are a friendly face and helping hand for residents and the staff.
Anne and David Funnell have been volunteers at Gracewell of Bookham for over two years. In this time, they have really got to know all the residents and their families as they have organised and assisted with fun activities.
Gracewell of Bookham provides high quality, personalised nursing and dementia care, and also offers a wide variety of activities for residents and the wider local community to ensure they maintain happy and fulfilling lifestyles.
Anne and David both volunteer at different clubs and events at Gracewell of Bookham, helping the care staff to organise and run the activities and encouraging residents to participate. They said:
“The Friday Flower Club is one enjoyable experience where the floral arrangements are then placed in the Bistro to provide everyone with a welcoming atmosphere. We feel by volunteering we are part of the larger family and our interactions to date have enabled us to encourage participation in the varied activities available.”
Anne and David both remarked that their experience volunteering at Gracewell of Bookham has been extremely rewarding. They have also received on the job training and opportunities to develop their skills.
Vicky Radmore, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Bookham, said:
“Anne and David are part of a wonderful team of volunteers at Gracewell of Bookham. All of our volunteers help us to make every day special for everyone who lives here. They do this by supporting or running activities that enrich the lives of residents.”
Vicky added: “This can be something personal such as a one to one chat over a cup of coffee or a stroll around our beautiful gardens. It can also be supporting larger events that we run within our home such as family BBQs or themed afternoon teas. We are so grateful for the support they give us and our residents.”